Thanks everyone that gave me suggestions on where to eat at Pt Reyes for lunch. We went Sat. 8/2/03. First to Pt Reyes Bear Valley Visitor's Center, hiked the Earthquake trail (0.6 mile). Then drove 45 minutes to the Pt Reyes Lighthouse.
Lunch was next. We drive thru Pt Reyes Station and saw Pine Cone Diner, 60 Fourth St, Pt Reyes Station. Highly recommended by others. Across the street is Tomales Bay Foods & Cowgirl Creamery, 80 Fourth St, Pt Reyes Station. Nearby Bovine Bakery, 11315 State Route 1, Pt Reyes Station, 7am-5pm recommended for baked goods-sticky bun, cookies. These will be for another trip.
We tried Tony's Seafood, 18663 Highway #1, Marshall, CA. Since we were starving everything sounded good. First thing I noticed is they charged $1.25 for a basket of bread and everything was pricey to me. I got a bowl of boston-style clam chowder, and Ben tried the tomato style clam chowder. Both were good, nothing extraordinary. Ben got the full entree of deep-fried shrimp and scallops which comes w/ french fries and salad ($17). He liked it ok. Another table ordered the bbq oysters, they were huge looking. We didn't order them.
Overall, place is ok, CASH ONLY, but found a jem at...
The Marshall Store, 19225 Hwy 1, Marshall. 415-663-1339. Up the road from Tony's Seafood. Wed-Mon 10am-6pm; Tues 10am-4pm. Takeout available. CASH Only!
This is a little grocery store, that sells sandwiches, and bbq oysters/raw oysters. We decided to order 1/2 dozen bbq oysters (they give 8 for $8.50 w/ some bread). Raw 1/2 dozen oysters (6 for $8) comes w/ bread. and a small cup of clam chowder ($2.25/3.25 small/large). I read about this place from Dan Leone (the Cheap Eats guy) who wrote a review of the place here: http://www.sfbg.com/37/37/x_cheap_eat...
Here is Ben's review: The half dozen raw oysters were the freshest we've had. We had the Pacific variety grown in Tomales Bay (the Hog Island company just further up Hwy 1 is well know, they also grow the small, sweet kumamoto oyster). The Pacific oysters we had were killed when they were shucked just before we ate them, so they weren't even fully chilled yet. They were firm and cool, with a great mix of briny and slightly sweet taste, complemented by a simple squirt of lemon. They were served on simple paper plates and we ate them on the deck in the back of this grocery store, with a great view of Tomales Bay.
The bbq oysters were the same variety. Again, the freshness couldn't be mistaken. They were perfectly grilled, with just a light coating of Marshall's own seafood barbeque sauce. The sauce is a thin sauce, not overly sweet, and has lemon in it. Very good barbaque sauce with all seafood. The oysters were grilled to just the right level -- cooked, bursting with briny juice, and the meaty part is just right, and not chewy at all. In general, we liked the barbaque oysters better than the raw ones.
We also shared a small cup of clam chowder. It was very tasty, very "dilly" since it was heavy on the dill, which is great because I love dill. Lots of clams, and light on the potatoes. It was nice rich balance for the light briny and lemon taste of the oysters.
The Marshall Store sells their oysters 7 days a week, they have two beautiful decks overlooking Tomales Bay. They sell Brickmaiden Breads (local bread), Strauss Organic milk, and Pt Reyes Blue Cheese.
The Marshall Store-Recommended Highly.